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    Posted February 7, 2014 by
    specialrepo
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    By Ketan Tirodkar......... in today's world of 'Women's Empowerment' and 'Stilettos breaking the Glass Ceiling', few pictures that show the true reality of the New Age Women. Where, on one hand, we brag about lady head honchos of large corporates and women slowly entering former male bastions, on the other hand there is a class of society, where small girls are forced to walk the tight rope -- literally -- in order to earn two meager meals a day.
    These pictures were taken at the hub or the center of the Commercial Capital of India -- Fort, Mumbai. Here, even today we can see poor Street Acrobats -- Dombaries -- displaying their skills on the beat of a drum. One wonders, what use are the Government floated programs like 'Sarva Shiksha Abhyan' to such girls? The abject hopelessness of their situation is writ clearly on their face as they skillfully balance their way on a tight rope under the blazing afternoon sun.
    Feminism? Stree Shakti? Women Empowerment/ Liberalization? Look here too, hum bhi hai hissa tere aasmaan ke.... (we too are beneath the same skies.
    Children of the Dombari community don't have a childhood, as they earn their bread performing balancing acts on public streets before attaining the two digit-age. They have the privilege of Nadia, who started her career at the Olympics as a teenager and retired when she was 18. These kids start their career and retire much before.

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